14 THE FATE OF MAN to remain himself, to have his own innet being, to define firom within himself his own attitude towatd the world and toward other people. And what is still more astonishing is that man in the post-war generations has acquired a taste for all this. He does not feel himself oppressed, he rather inclines to place himself under such a discipline. The war educated a generation of believers in force. The demons of hatred and murder then released continue their activity. We shall see that in all the present historical process a greater role than that of the war is played by another force, a force of far longer duration, a force of almost cosmic significance ; technics1 and the mechanisation of life* The war was the border beyond which there begins a new form of collective human existence, the generalization of mankind. The fact is not of great significance that the process of socializing and nationalizing property and economics is going on so rapidly; this is a matter of justice and elementary necessity* What is significant is that Tffe are witnessing the socialization and national- isation of human souls, of man himself- This process began with capitalism, in capitalistic This word, increasingly used in several other languages, for the sum of modern scientific progress, especially "* and mechanical: it is the modern some continental people like to contrast with their ctilture/' — D. A, L.